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Wat Sisaket, the Siamese Style of Buddhist Architecture

Wat Sisaket

I visited Wat Sisaket right after Hor Phra Keo because it’s across the street from it, and when I got there, it was 30 minutes before closing time, and sadly I didn’t get to take as many photos as I like.

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

According to wikipedia, Wat Sisaket was built in 1818 on the orders of King Anouvong. It was built in the Siamese style of Buddhist architecture, with a surrounding terrace and an ornate five-tiered roof, rather than in the Lao style, keeping it safe from the armies of Siam which sacked Vientiane in 1827.

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Si Saket features a cloister wall with more than 2000 ceramic and silver Buddha images. The wat also houses a museum.

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

This section of Wat Sisaket houses damaged statues.

Wat Sisaket

old damaged Buddha Statues

I didn’t get to take picture of the main sim, just this.

Sim at Wat Sisaket

Below is a photo of sim or ordination hall by Viradeth.

Wat Sisaket, photo by viradeth
Wat Sisaket, photo by Viradeth

The temple courtyard has Buddha Images, beautiful tropical flowers, and monuments.

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Aloe vera

Lao Rose Lao vegetable, Pak Sien's flower

Young novice monk holding a pen

Young novice monk

Monument

Monument

Monument

Monument

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

5 thoughts on “Wat Sisaket, the Siamese Style of Buddhist Architecture”

  1. Wat Sisaket and Wat Pra Keo is similar in roof design. The roof on both temples have straight-angled line while most Lao temple I’ve seen are curvy.
    Personally, I like the straight angle.

  2. Dallas, I’m not sure if it were just the old style type of roof line, just like some of the older Wat in Luang Prabang, they’ve a similar roof line as this one. I’ll post some of the newer temples in Vientiane and see the difference.

    When I visited Wat Lao Buddhavong in VA, they said that you can tell that it’s a Lao Wat because of the flat roof line, that the Thais have a more pointy roof line.

  3. The book “Paths to Conflagration, fifty years of diplomacy and warfare in Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, 1778-1828” by Mayoury Ngaosyvathn and Pheuiphanh Ngaosyvathn tells in great detail about the interesting history of Wat Sisaket.
    “The pagoda bears the noble Pali name of Wat Sattasahassa Viharama, which means the monastery of “ten thousand felicities”. Its first brick was laid March 4, 1818 and the pagoda was inaugurated in 1824″.

    “For ritualistic reasons, the pagodas in the Laos capital all faces east and their flanks are aligned with the Mekong River. The only exception is here, at Wat Sisaket, which lies perpendicular to the Mekong River, its axis of forty degrees southwest turns it toward the Khorat Plateau, its view includes Saraburi and Bangkok”.

  4. Hi Bassak, thanks for the information. I think I’ve that book somewhere, I need to look for it. I read part of it and lost interest because most of the stuff I’ve very little knowledge of at the time, but it should be easier for me to read and digest now.

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